Ixia

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Ixia Reviews

Updated 19 November, 2014
Updated 19 November, 2014
134 Reviews
3.3
134 Reviews
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Bethany Mayer
2 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will get to work on latest cutting edge technologies (in 10 reviews)

  • Great talent and cut edge technology (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Problem with work life balance and salary compare to that is low (in 18 reviews)

  • Long Hours, took a long time to get more staff in to ease the workload (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice place, but poor organizational culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bucharest (Romania)

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits slightly above average. Environment is friendly, most of my co-workers became friends. Hours are flexible when work is scarce. Central location in a nice part of Bucharest.

    Cons

    When there is work to be done, which is most of the time, people are expected to do unpaid overtime and even work weekends. This stems mostly from unrealistic expectations and poor planning, as some projects failed targets from week one, but management can't (or rather, won't) adjust targets.

    For a software engineer, work is generally bug fixing, with the occasional new feature needing to be implemented as designed (poorly) by a committee. The overall system architecture is mostly undocumented, with knowledge concentrated in a few key people. This also makes debugging frustrating, as sometimes days of debugging reveal that the problem is someone else's responsability. Equipment is scarce and engineers are often pressed by unrealistic time frames before someone else needs the particular setup.

    Globally, there has been much change lately, with the acquisition of at least three companies in the past two and a half years. Each time higher ups makes speeches, talks about change, but at the lower levels that only means reshuffling of managers and slight panic as some people get kicked out.

    Finally, there are a few bullies who are known to most engineers. They have a good reputation with management and leverage it to push decisions which are not always correct, while diverting failed results on other teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the middle management in Bucharest is nothing more than a machine that forwards emails and makes bad jokes. I don't know how they are reviewed, but it seems like they add nothing of value.

    Reviews for engineers should be more detailed. It seems that whatever the performance, feedback is mostly good, but adjustments in compensation differ considerably.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Get out before the next layoff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in Calabasas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Architect in Calabasas, CA (US)

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is clear that the HR department is creating glowing reviews to try and stem the tide of departures since the last layoff. I cannot count the number of critical people lost since the most recent purge. But these authors are certainly pros.

    Cons

    Reality. . . There has been and continues to be a lack of vision. Clearly management is out to protect their jobs at the expense of all those below them. The new CEO has her job cut out for her, but honestly she got hers coming in the door. If she can survive the first year, she should clear a cool million bucks, that might have been better spent retaining key people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research the market, understand the problems, and effectively solve those problems. Stop vying for the "bragging rights" and tossing money down the drain on pet projects. You bought a gold mine in Austin, and are driving away a most outstanding talent pool. Without the support of those key people you are doomed. Show people you value their service with money, not words. Good luck Bethany, you will need it. Perhaps you can purge the motivational destroyers that report to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Probably the worst company I have every worked for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Capacity in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Capacity in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Ixia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great people in the ranks who don't even know how good they are at what they do. Hard to say much else.

    Cons

    There is no leadership in the sales organization save for one or two. From senior management on down, it's a complete joke. Every man for himself. Management does not care a lick about their employees. They are all selfish. They are not innovative in their sales thinking. They do not practice what they preach. "Open Door" policy is complete BS. HR is in la-la land thinking they have great managers that practice what is taught at trainings, when in fact the opposite is true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior sales management is so poor--you need to replace several of the VPs and the SVP. You might want to consider getting away from so much nepotism. I've never worked at a company where in every department from sales to HR you've got relatives working for each other. Bad culture.

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  5.  

    Not the place to bee anymore!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer, Team Lead
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer, Team Lead

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with latest technologies.
    The place where you can learn a lot.
    Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Missing work life balance most of the time.
    Poor leadership and strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs leaders with vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Boundaries are important.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some great people! Every day offers new opportunities.

    Cons

    As long as you allow it, Ixia will allow you to work yourself into an early grave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm hopeful that the new CEO coming on in September will be afforded a true opportunity to make a difference for the better of the company and employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, good projects

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bucharest (Romania)

    I have been working at Ixia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is pretty good, you can work from home if you want. Very good benefits and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    The work is challenging and the expectations are high, both from QA and from managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great co-workers and family enviroment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ixia

    Pros

    Great training and Marketing department environment.

    Cons

    -Many upper VP's, leading to a long process in getting projects done on time

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was a Fair to Middling Co when owned by Anut but IXIA buyout destroyed it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Ixia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to live in Austin, TX

    Cons

    HORRIBLE upper, middle and lower mgmt. HR does not give a damn. No advancement opportunity at all, though they say otherwise. MGMT allows mendacious, malicious narcissistic bullies to thwart efforts of others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire bad employees who harass and sabotage the works of others. Here's a tip: if a guy is an ex-con thug who regularly threatens co-workers with bodily harm and or/ professional sabotage and he has a disciplinary file with HR that is an inch thick and you don't fire him, you are an idiot and completely complicit in all acts of harm perpetrated by said thug.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad decisions, weak leadership, missed potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Ixia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Bought growing companies (Anue and Breakingpoint) in Austin two years ago as part of an expansion plan. Acquired large Austin presence and strong sales, engineering and management teams through these acquisitions.

    Cons

    Company pumped the stock up based on rosy projections last year just before heavy selling of shares by senior execs. Stock then crashed more than 50% leaving stock options and ESPP shares underwater. ~100 people were laid off last week. Talented employees who weren't laid off are leaving. Not a pretty picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firing the CFO was a good start, but more housecleaning of the "old guard" is needed. Embrace/promote the talent gained through acquisitions that is still at the company. Even if they're not in Calabasas. The world doesnt' need to revolve around Calabasas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A mediocre company; too many successive acquisitions brought the company down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Calabasas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Calabasas, CA (US)

    I worked at Ixia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bright people; reasonable compensation; The CEO has engineering background so they take care of engineering

    Cons

    Bad decisions at top. Everyone is expected to be a workaholic. It is difficult to have a life while working at this company. Integration of the multiple cultures between the acquisitions is not working well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop acquiring

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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